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Irish Wolfhound Home country: Ireland

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The Irish Wolfhound is the largest breed of greyhound and one of the largest breeds of dogs.

Sociable and affectionate, the Irish Wolfhound is a faithful companion with a balanced nature. It is a relatively calm dog, even if it needs plenty of space to use up its energy. Formerly used as a hunting dog, the Irish Wolfhound can have a tendency to run off in pursuit of its prey.



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At 34 inches high and weighing 176 pounds, they are the kings of dogs and the dogs of kings! Regardless, they are still the tallest dogs in the world...

The Irish Wolfhound is an ancient breed of Irish Greyhound which entertained crowds in the Circus Maximus in Roman times by fighting wild animals.

The characteristic that stands out the most in this big >greyhound racer: their hair which has adapted to the hard Irish climate, bushy land with their wolf-like teeth. Their coat is rough, dry, quite long, thicker above the eyes and under the chin. The coat is gray, fawn, black or gray colored and often brindle. It needs daily brushing.

Everything is long and powerful with this dog - its head, neck, back, paws and tail. It has a deep chest, lifted stomach and its little ears are set far back like a Greyhound.

However, despite its size, the Irish Wolfhound has the elegant, supple, long look of the Greyhound.

The Irish Wolfhound, like all the greyhound racers, is banned from hunting in France but in Canada and the United States, they shine in wolf and coyote hunting.

Their growth is tremendous (more than 4 inches a month and nearly 6.5 pounds a week!) and so the puppy must not be allowed to race or jump with other dogs and children and they must never climb or go down stairs or the couch or they might irreversibly damage their joints or bones. Their youthful exuberance can be let out very easily on a little lawn where the puppy can have fun without galloping.

They are fully developed at 3 - 4 years and their meals are served in two goes to avoid a stomach rotation - common in big dogs. In the same way, food and water bowls must be placed at the height of the withers so that they don''t have to spread their legs like a giraffe: it looks bad, it''s uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous.

Watch out for making them overweight too!
To develop their muscles and keep in good shape, an adult Irish Wolfhound must walk 3 to 4 miles everyday, or gallop freely for an hour. A small rowdy Greyhound is the ideal friend to keep him in shape if you aren''t very sporty.

What''s left is the problem with their tail: if they flick it around too much in happiness, they could damage things around them (furniture, ornaments, your legs or even push children over!) and hurt the dog himself.

With the temperament of a Greyhound (quiet, calm, dignified, sensitive), they don''t like to be separated from their "family". They are perfectly suitable for sleeping in the house: their bed must be thick and comfortable to protect their elbows when they flop down, or he may develop painful, pockets of liquid!

Given its size, they must never be trained to attack or defend; this would make a very dangerous dog. All you need to do is to socialize the puppy so that later on he doesn''t race anything that moves when you go for walks in the park. In fact, this dog is a hunter by nature, not a working dog: small dogs and cats are potential prey for him.
They must be walked on a leash without pulling, for the comfort of their joints.... and for your comfort!

Luckily, they love children and are always patient and gentle with them.
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